Skateistan Documentary: Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You're a Girl)

Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You're a Girl), is a short documentary which follows the progress of a group of girls at Skateistan in Kabul. Filmed over the course of a year, Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone follows the girls as they progress both in the classroom and the skatepark, navigating not only the challenges of their education but of the increasingly unstable world outside the walls of Skateistan. 

The film focuses on how Skateistan acts as a haven from the outside world for its students. Within the walls of Skateistan, the girls are free to express themselves, learn without fear and to allow their personalities to shine. 

In addition to winning the Best Documentary Short prize at Tribeca, Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone also recently won Best Short Doc at the Flyway Film Festival in Wisconsin and the Social Justice Film Festival in Seattle, and was named to the International Documentary Association’s short list for their 2019 awards.


See below for a list of upcoming screenings at film festivals:


Washington West Film Festival (Greater Washington DC Area)

Friday, 10/25 5:15pm
Saturday, 10/26 7:45pm
As part of Shorts Program: Breakthrough

SCAD Savannah Film Festival (Savannah, GA)

Saturday, Oct. 26 at 2 p.m.

United Nations Association Film Festival (San Francisco Bay Area)

Sunday, October 27 at 1:20pm

SFFILM Doc Stories (San Francisco, CA)

Saturday, November 2, 2019, 1:00 pm (part of Doc Shorts 1: Childhood Heroes)

DOC NYC (New York, NY)

Fri Nov 8, 2019, 12:45 PM (Short List Shorts screening with St. Louis Superman)

Hamptons Doc Fest (Sag Harbor, NY)

December 5-9 (Screening dates/times to be announced)